Novel writing: is too much dialogue bad?

January 23, 2009 in Fantasy, Novel, On Writing by pacejmiller

I’m pleased to report that I had a very productive day working on my fantasy novel today (which means I did not do any study whatsoever) – almost 7,000 words!

However, just having a quick browse through all my recent stuff, I noticed a significant part of it is just dialogue.  All dialogue.

So that got me thinking.  Is having a lot of dialogue in a novel good or bad?  Does it kill the action?  Do I need to pull it back a little?

My protagonist has essentially just started his adventure now, but there’s still a lot about this fantasy world that I haven’t yet revealed to the reader.  Rather than using large paragraphs to spell it out, I’ve tried to incorporate as much of the unveiling of this world through discussions between the characters.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing? 

I just don’t know anymore…all I know is that I want to get to the action, and I can see it right in front of me…